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Gerald Gurian is a 40+ year collector of screen used Star Trek memorabilia and a passionate fan of TOS
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Friday, September 18, 2020

Star Trek: TOS Majel Barrett "Number One" Starfleet Tunic from "The Cage" at PropBlock September 26, 2020 Entertainment Icons Auction

Presented below are some detailed auction house photos and the catalog description associated with Lot 66 in the upcoming The Prop Block September 26, 2020 Entertainment Icons Auction, for an extremely rare female Starfleet Command Tunic worn by Majel Barrett in her role as "Number One" in the first Star Trek pilot production "The Cage".   It is believed that this is the only identified Barrett "Number One" tunic ever to appear at public auction.

The complete auction catalog description is as follows:

Star Trek: TOS Majel Barrett “Number One” Starfleet Command Tunic from “The Cage”

An exceptionally rare and possibly unique female Starfleet command tunic worn by actress Majel Barrett in her co-starring role as “Number One” in the first filmed Star Trek pilot episode “The Cage”, which underwent principal photography during the months of November and December, 1964.  The main tunic is comprised of gold velour fabric fitted with a black cotton collar and features clear indentations on the sleeves where gold rank braid was once mounted (currently not present).  As Majel Barrett was the only actress in “The Cage” to feature rank braid on her Starfleet tunic, the evidence of past braid on this costume is a key element in identifying the tunic as being worn by Barrett.  Additionally, both the location of the braid indentations fairly well up from the end of the sleeves, as well as the noticeably left-side shifted, off-center placement of the full body-length Velcro strip closure on the back of this tunic stunningly matches the characteristics of the costume seen on Majel Barrett in the opening scenes of the “The Cage”.  (Please view the attached screenshot imagery and costume photos.)  The black collar on this tunic is a modification that was made by the production team after the filming of the pilot was completed, in order that the costume might be used in regular season episodes.  It is noted that a female tunic which appears to have this same configuration can be discerned in a background corridor scene during the 1st season TOS episode “The Corbomite Maneuver”, being worn by an actress that might possibly be Majel Barrett herself in a brief cameo appearance. (Please view the attached screenshot.)  While lacking its original Starfleet chest insignia, this historic garment is in very fine production used condition and worthy of the finest Star Trek memorabilia collections.  This is the first time we are aware of an identified Majel Barrett “Number One” costume ever being offered at auction. 

The September 26, 2020 sale features a total of 21 different lots of Star Trek franchise memorabilia.   Interested bidders may register to participate in the auction directly on the icollector.com website at this link: https://www.icollector.com/The-Prop-Block-Entertainment-Icons-Auction_as67692?ps=100